This is a story about Tony's year long battle with Leukemia and the Stem Cell Transplant that could potentially save his life.
Welcome to my journal! Where do I begin......a little about me? I am a husband to a wonderful woman, Doris, a father to two beautiful daughters Kim and Eranne but most importantly a "pops" to Lindsay and Emma. I love to hunt most anything that moves. I'm looking forward to having my stem cell transplant so I can get back to the things I love! Please keep me, my donor, my doctors and my family in your thoughts and prayers!
Here's a little history on why I'm having a stem cell transplant. I have a type of leukemia called CLL (Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia). I was diagnosed with CLL in 1997. It was dormant until 2006 when I took my first series of chemotherapy, then another round in 2008 ending in February. Since then my doctors have been researching the possibility for me to have a stem cell transplant.
The type of transplant I will have is called allogeneic which means I will use someone besides family members (an unrelated donor) stem cells. The only family member that was tested was Ricky my brother and he was not a match, so the search began to find a donor that matched me 100%. Thankfully a match was found! I'm not sure who this gift from God is, all we know about the donor is that he is male and 21 years old! I can not have any contact with him for at least one year. My transplant day is August 27th! That just about wraps up a little history about me and the reason I am here. I want to thank each and every one of you for your thoughts and prayers. Having such wonderful friends and family help make my healing process much easier.
Thank you! I worked with Tony for about 14 years and wanted to do something special for his family. Web sites eventually go away or are forgotten but a book is around forever! His wife and two daughters received a book each. At least it's something they can look through with the grandkids and remember the things Tony said as well as all his friends and family as he went through his journey. I know they really appreciated it! And thank you for saying that!